Former President Trump reported that he informed Governor Ron DeSantis not to go to his July Fourth rally in Florida.
The two had a discussion, during which both of them stressed they agreed that DeSantis should stay in Surfside, where an apartment building collapsed last week, causing 24 people to lose their lives and 121 to be unaccounted for.
“We both agreed. He is working hard. He is doing a great job,” Trump said. “I told him he should stay there.'”
Anonymous sources told some news outlets last week that Donald Trump was having the rally despite requests from DeSantis to put off the rally which is around 200 miles from where the disaster happened.
DeSantis’s team denied these reports but said the two Republican had a conversation.
“He talked to Trump, who accepted and agreed it was the correct choice, since the Governor’s responsibility is to be at the disaster location to ensure people have what they need after the sudden building collapse. DeSantis would have went to this rally under normal circumstances,” said DeSantis’s spokeswoman, Christina Pushaw. “He is sure the rally will attract a big crowd, as many Florida citizens are excited for the rally.”
Liz Harrington, who is a spokeswoman for former President Trump, said Trump helped the fundraising push for the relief effort.
“Like all other Americans, Trump sends his very deep condolences to the people who have lost loved ones or have been displaced by the horrible tragedy. The event in Sarasota is over 3 hours away, about the distance as New York is to Boston, and will not affect the recovery efforts,” Harrington said.
DeSantis is seen by some as a potential 2024 presidential contender. Trump, who is a Florida resident, told Sean Hannity recently, “Yes,” when asked if he had made his mind up about running for the White House again in 2024.
Author: Scott Dowdy